Oct 9, 2012 4:00am EDT
, responding even before mitt romney made his speech on foreign policy, they had a couple of ads ready to go and then put together a conference call with campaign officials and also madeleine albright, former secretary of state and they are saying he's erratic, unsteady, irresponsible, something the campaign was not as quick to do in the past but post-debate, a much more aggressive tone from the campaign. >> jim, you have been following governor romney for a long time. have you seen a marked -- you talk about a smile he has on the campaign trail. have you seen a big difference in how he's been campaigning since the debate? >> absolutely. you know, one thing that we should touch on is in that pew research center poll, it shows an 18-point swing to mitt romney among women voters. and i think that may vindicate some of what people were observing at that debate last week, when a lot of people thought mitt romney was sort of moving to the middle in certain areas on bank regulation, on at least trying to do so on health care reform and on taxes, even though the obama campaign was accus
Oct 9, 2012 1:00am EDT
energize the base. that is why you saw mitt romney give that very muscular speech today over at virginia military institute talking about the potential for war in the middle east if events continue the way that they are going right now. that was pretty tough talk coming from mitt romney in that speech earlier today. >> jim acosta, appreciate it. dan lothian, thank you very much. >>> let's talk about what the polls could be telling us. ari fleischer joins us, a part-time unpaid communications adviser to the romney campaign. also obama 2012 pollster, cornell belcher and david gergen, senior political analyst. cornell, this is the first poll taken entirely after the debate although it's just one poll, certainly not a good indicator for president obama or his campaign. what do you make of it? >> well, look, i think we always said this is going to be a tight race, and it's going to continue to be a tight race. there's other polls out there, the political battleground poll came out today showed the president slightly ahead. reuters poll came out friday that showed the president slightly ahead.